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IS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead: monitor

AFP  |  Beirut 

Jihadists defending their last bastion in eastern used the cover of bad weather to launch a deadly counterattack against a Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said Tuesday.

The Islamic State group was unable to hold on to the positions they attacked but the assault killed 23 members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and also left nine jihadists dead.

IS fighters took advantage of poor visibility to unleash suicide attackers on forces along the front line in the late on Sunday, the for Human Rights said.

"Twenty-three fighters were killed and nine IS jihadists were also killed in fighting that lasted all night and into Monday morning," said.

The jihadists often launch attacks under the cover of bad weather that cancels out their opponents' advantage of US-led coalition air power.

The launched what is meant to be the final offensive on the jihadist organisation four months ago with air and ground support from coalition forces.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 14:45 IST